Put your stake in great steak next time you're playing golf in Las Vegas

By Bill Bowman, Contributor

LAS VEGAS -- You're in Las Vegas and you're hungry. And not just any hungry. You want steak. And not just any steak -- you want the best.

Chef Mark LoRusso
Botero at Wynn Las Vegas, with Chef Mark LoRusso at the helm, is wowing diners each and every night.
Chef Mark LoRussoWynn Las Vegas - Botero - steakPhil's Italian Steakhouse

Well, you've come to the right place. Here are six restaurants (of course there are many, many more -- after all, we are in fabulous Las Vegas) where great steaks are a staple of the menu. So work up that hunger with a round of golf on one of Vegas' finest courses and then be prepared to tackle some of the best beef in Sin City.

Enjoy.

Steaks on the Las Vegas Strip

One of the finest steaks anywhere can be found at Wynn Las Vegas. Imagine that. Botero, with Chef Mark LoRusso at the helm, is wowing diners each and every night. From rib-eyes, to New York strips, to chateaubriand and porterhouse meals for two, to a melt-in-your mouth filet mignon, the steak choices here are amazing.

Not a steak lover? Rest assured there are plenty of other options such as fresh fish, chicken, lamb and so much more. Add in a warm, embracing ambience and you've got an ideal spot for that romantic getaway. There are also other fine steak choices at Wynn including Switch Steak and SW Steakhouse (named after Steve Wynn, of course).

Comic Bill Engvall, who works at Treasure Island during many of his trips to Vegas (as well as playing golf as often as he can -- but that's another story), is impressed with the steakhouse at the TI.

"Having played at the TI for a number of years, of course I have had the chance to dine at Phil's Italian Steakhouse," Engvall said.

Whether it's the prime strip, filet mignon, Kansas City bone-in strip, or a dry-aged T-bone, you will definitely enjoy a mouth-watering meal, he adds.

"While from the outside it may not be as impressive as some of the other steak houses in Vegas, don't let that fool you," Engvall said. "Phil's has a very good wine list and can throw together one of the best surf and turfs I have had."

And it's not just the food. "The staff is very attentive and courteous and it is an overall nice place to eat," he added.

Okay, sometimes things just don't seem to go together -- like the Circus Circus resort and a great steakhouse. Well, in this instance they go together perfectly. Always on top of the many "best of" lists in Las Vegas when it comes to steaks, folks have been enjoying mesquite-grilled steaks and other great foods in a comfy atmosphere at Circus Circus for many years.

Whether it's the usual suspects -- filet mignon, rib-eye, porterhouse or New York strip -- or any of their other signature dishes -- lamb chops, lobster tails, chicken breasts -- you'll find something that will satisfy any appetite. Come for the steaks, stay for the variety.

Steaks off the Strip

Another big-name restaurant with a flair for steak excellence is DJT, just off the Strip. Don't know the place? Well, we'll give you a hint. How about "The Donald." That's right, DJT is Trump's steakhouse in his Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. The staff definitely puts the fine in fine-dining as you are treated like a VIP from start to finish.

Joining the impressive steak list is a variety of American specialties that will tempt the taste buds. But it's the steaks, cooked and seasoned to perfection, that will bring you back for more.

Great steaks aren't limited to resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Downtown, the Golden Nugget needs to be on your list if you're looking for a stick-to-your-ribs steak. Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse features an array of savory entrees -- from rib-eyes to filets to porterhouses for two. As usual, there are other succulent options including veal chop Milanese, organic lamb chops and Australian rock lobster.

And there's great steak dining just off the Strip with a high-energy feel. Check out N9NE Steakhouse at The Palms Hotel & Casino -- one of the hottest properties in Vegas. The Palms takes entertainment to a whole new level. And it's the same with steaks at N9N. One of the top options is "The Best Of N9NE" which includes a pepper-seared, 40-ounce, rib-eye-for-two extravaganza. (Don't worry, there's also a "Lobster To The N9NE" choice for those not in the mood for beef.)

There you have it: a half-dozen spots to satisfy your inner carnivore after a round on the more than 50 golf courses in Las Vegas.

But, like choosing a great golf course, tastes in steaks vary so don't be afraid to check out any of the other fabulous destinations in Las Vegas. After all, you don't always want to play the same golf course each trip to Vegas. It's the same with steaks -- variety is the spice of life.

Bon appetit.

Bill BowmanBill Bowman, Contributor

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has nearly 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 15-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas and has teed it up for magazine profiles with celebrities including comedian Bill Engvall, actor Jeffrey Donovan (USA's Burn Notice), ESPN personality Colin Cowherd, NASCAR's Kurt Busch, Collective Soul's Ed Roland, the Baltimore Ravens' Jonathan Ogden and many others.


 
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